They say the past is another country. Sure, but that doesn’t stop you from learning from it. The first time Ben Schwag was in a studio for a professional recording it was with Doug Shaw, Mike Kouzzi and David Shelley. He later produced and/or wrote with Johnny Guitar Watson, Curtis Mayfield, Rufus Thomas and George Williams of The Tymes.
Over the years, he accumulated tracks with a number of soul greats that were never released for a variety of reasons. “Some of these recordings are invaluable,” says Schwag, “They are often the last known recordings. So we’ve given ourselves a mission to get them out before time – or a fire like the one that destroyed so many Universal masters in 2008 – means we lose them forever.” Scroll down to see which artists will be released from 2021 onwards.